Theatre Calgary embraces ‘New Beginnings’ with their 2018/19 season announcement

Theatre Calgary launched its 2018/19 Season Monday evening with an event at the Max Bell Theatre that included a presentation by Stafford Arima, the company’s new artistic director. In it, he emphasized new beginnings and unveiled the upcoming season lineup, which includes three world premieres, two musicals, as well as the upcoming show for Theatre Calgary’s ever popular Shakespeare by the Bow.

In a statement released earlier, Arima explained his programming for the upcoming season: “This season is a collection of plays that I feel will point our way to an inspiring and engaging future. I want to showcase new and emerging stories and playwrights, while continuing to present the most creative and entertaining productions available.”

Theatre Calgary’s 2018/19 Season:

• Tara Beagan’s Honour Beat, directed by Michelle Thrush (world premiere). Two grown sisters face off over their mother’s deathbed – a story of family and identity.

• Mary and Max – A New Musical, with music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Crystal Skillman (world premiere). Two unlikely pen pals prove that friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places.

• A Christmas Carol adapted by Dennis Garnhum. Celebrating 32 years of this special tradition, actor Stephen Hair returns for his 25th anniversary performance of Ebenezer Scrooge.

• Boom X — performed by actor Rick Miller (world premiere). A continuation of the immensely popular Boom performed at Theatre Calgary in 2016, with this production following Generation X as they deal with the legacy of the Baby Boomers.

• The Scarlet Letter by Phyllis Nagy. A timeless classic, which, in this adaptation, sees Hester Prynne unashamed of her actions and subverting society’s rigid standards.

• Billy Elliot The Musical, choreographed by former Alberta Ballet principal dancer Yukichi Hattori. The heartwarming story of a young boy who aspires to give up his boxing gloves for ballet slippers.

• Shakespeare by the Bow features The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Dean Paul Gibson.

For more information on Theatre Calgary’s upcoming season, go to their website,

(Photo of Rick Miller in Boom courtesy David Leclerc.)

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